John was born February 14, 1961 to Daisy C. Lewis and the late Ralph W. Lewis, Sr. John was the fifth of seven children. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Dr. Shelton A. Fleming of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland.
John attended Burkeville Elementary School in Nottoway County VA for one year. He continued his formal education in Baltimore County public Schools graduating from Dundalk Senior High School in 1979. As a youth, John was an active Sunday School student and a faithful member of the Boy Scouts of America under the leadership of the late Dr. Carlton Lewis. Throughout his youth John looked forward to spending as much time as he could at his grandparent’s home in Crewe, VA.
John served in the United States Army for two years and was honorably discharged in 1988. During his time of service John earned an Army Service Ribbon. John was known for being an avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman. He loved the great outdoors! John would often say, “I’m just an old country boy!” He also was a master story teller and he had a great sense of humor. John treasured his music collection. His favorite genres were Gospel Quartette, Old School R&B, and the Blues.
John was employed as a Master Brick Layer Welder. John received several awards and recognition for his outstanding work in Maryland and Virginia. John was a part of the 2003 crew at Champion Construction who installed the Rotating 29-ton Kugel at the Science Museum of Virginia which still stands today. His work was impeccable. He lived by the motto “I’ve got to pull because if a man don’t work he don’t eat!” John was employed at McCullough Iron Company until his health no longer permitted.
John had a special relationship with his late father; Ralph W. Lewis Sr. He assured that his dad’s legacy lived on through his story telling as well as his famous sayings. When things got tense or serious he would often ask you to “Step into my office.” His nieces and nephews were captivated by his animated stories. They will continue to keep the tradition of narration alive.
John leaves to cherish his life memories his beloved mother Daisy C. Lewis of Baltimore, Maryland ; four sisters: Alma Jones (William Jones Sr.) of Baltimore, Maryland ; Dr. Gwendolyn Young (Rev. Dr. Jesse E. Young) of Pasadena, Maryland; Patricia Estep (Kenneth) of Baltimore, Maryland; Rev. Tracey Cherry (Travis) of Pasadena, Maryland; two brothers: Ralph Lewis (Kathy) of Baltimore, Maryland; Gordon Lewis (Donna) of Baltimore, Maryland; five aunts, Thelma Johnson; Janie Jennings; Ora Oliver (Clarence), Virginia; Alma Mae Williams (Arthur); Margaret Jones (Norman), four uncles, Arthur Shelton; Richard Lewis; Thurman Lewis (Joyce),Griffin Lewis, Sr. (Lula); a very close cousin, Griffin Lewis, Jr.; thirteen nephews, three nieces, nine great nephews, eight great nieces, and a host of cousins and friends; a beloved and devoted fiancée, Steffenny Mills of Richmond, Virginia, her children and extended family.
Funeral Services Saturday, January 14, 2011 at 12:00 noon from Cornerstone of Deliverance, Kenbridge with interment in the Lewis Family Memorial Cemetery, Crewe.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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